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    40 Things That Should Be In Every Car Trunk, Glove Box, Front, Or Backseat

    Car problems will not be the reason we don't survive the zombie apocalypse.

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    1. A digital tire inflator complete with LED light that'll save you a AAA call when you just need to put a little air in your tire. Just plug it into your car outlet, set the psi, turn it on, and off you go to your next destination. 🚗💨

    Black and red tire inflator

    2. A roll of black all-weather duct tape to keep in your glove compartment because you never know when a piece of your car will fall apart.

    the all-weather gorilla tape

    3. A universal smartphone holder compatible with most smartphones, that'll allow you to be hands-free while driving. Now you can set "Drivers License" on repeat, safely.

    4. Or a cup holder phone mount that you don't have to clip on anything. Instead, just stick it into your cup holder and your phone will stick out like a ready-to-pick flower.

    5. A two-sided wheel desk that'll let you dine from the comfort of your car. Or, it can serve as a desk when you haven't quite finished that term paper and just need a few more sentences to hit that word count. Did I mention it comes with a cup holder? 😏

    6. A front seat organizer perfect for commuters so you can keep your snacks, water, and other documents at arm's length.

    7. A pump cup for hand sanitizer that'll fit perfectly in your cup holder so you don't have to worry about your sanitizer falling out of the little cubby tray and rolling under your pedals. 

    someone using the pump in a car

    Promising review: "Got these because my bottle of sanitizer would continuously fall over in my door cup holder. These fit perfect! They fit a good amount of sanitizer also. Feels like great quality! Been using them for almost a month now with no issues. Would repurchase!" —Steph35

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (available in a two pack and in 10 colors). 

    8. A sun visor vanity mirror perfect for commuters that wish they could bring their well-lit bathroom lighting with them on-the-go when they have to do a last minute application. Well, now you can. 

    a review photo of someone taking a selfie in the vanity mirror
    a review photo of the vanity mirror lit

    Promising review: "This is such an easy to use car visor mirror. It has 3 different lighting settings which is great. I love the fact that it is touch screen, it makes it super convenient. It charges and there's no need for batteries. The USB cord to charge is included and the battery life is so long lasting. I have not had to charge yet! It is super easy to install and is equipped with very durable velcro straps. Very pleased overall and highly recommend!" —New York made

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three colors).

    9. A durable, three-pocket folding car trunk organizer ideal for vehicles with a tailgate that doesn't offer the same storage support as a traditional trunk and is compatible with most vehicles.

    10. A car trash can to at least attempt to keep a clean and tidy car. You never know when you'll need a trash can. Imagine a spider descending in front of your face while you're driving. You grab a napkin to catch it and there's no where to put it! Yes, these are the things I think of daily.

    the car trashcan diagram showing that you can place it on the back of your seat or in the middle of your console

    11. A case of 64 purified emergency water pouches with a shelf life of five years that you can keep in your car in case of an emergency when there's no other water source around.

    a reviewer photo of the emergency water pouch

    12. A car windshield sunshade because things are heating up and you'd like your secret stash of snacks not to melt in the car while you run your errands.

    Light gray windshield sunshade

    13. A Bigfoot air freshener that, thankfully, does not actually smell like Bigfoot but does pack a punchy pine scent.

    Yellow illustrated Big Foot air freshener

    14. A water-resistant LED flashlight because you never know when you might have to pull over on a dark and stormy night to figure out what's going on with your engine. It'll also make it easier to wave down help or light your way to drift into the woods and use the restroom and long road trips.

    Black flashlight in the rain

    15. A keychain car escape tool complete with a seatbelt cutter and car window breaker that is an essential tool to add to the preparedness kit.

    16. A dog harness that can also be used as a no-pull walking harness. It comes with five adjustment points to give a custom fit for most dogs.

    17. A windshield cleaning tool in case that squeegee at the local gas station just isn't cutting it. Instead of using gazillion paper towels to make your windows gleam, you get to use these nifty washable cloth pads.

    a reviewer using the windshield cleaning tool to clean their car window

    18. A super large, super warm, super durable military wool blanket that can withstand harsh weather and keep you warm even if you're wet. Life is unpredictable and having an all-purpose blanket in the trunk will help you drive more easily.

    19. A can of Fix-A-Flat tire inflator to use in a pinch when you're almost to your destination and you run over a nail. All hope is not lost my friend. This flat tire inflator can fill your tire and seal up to a 1/4-inch puncture. 💪🏽 It's a temporary fix, but hopefully it gives you time to get to a safer location to deal with your tire.

    the flat tire inflator

    20. A pair of flex-grip work gloves if you need a ~hand~ in getting a good grip on a car part. They're also useful for a variety of at-home and around-the-house projects.

    A pair of black and gray with yellow highlights and logo

    21. A portable solar panel battery charger so you'll never be caught in the middle of a dicey situation with a dead phone battery. I'm sure you can think of multiple horror films where this gadget would've been handy.

    22. A five-pack of 48-sheet waterproof notebooks that'll be perfect for leaving a note on your car when you walk down to the gas station or roadside stop to get a few supplies.

    23. A digital tire pressure gauge so you can quickly assess whether you should add some air to your tire or if it's good-to-go. It has a lighted nozzle for visibility and is small enough to sit in your glove box.

    Silver and black tire pressure gauge with blue light-up screen

    24. A four-pack of car headrest hooks you can use on the front or back of your seat, to hold your grocery bag, purse or backpack, coat, and more.

    25. An impact and water-resistant dynamo crank radio to not only charge your phone but also help you stay informed when there aren't televisions or computers around.

    26. A tiny emergency kit for your glove box that carries the important things including common underrated items like a hair tie, safety pin, breath mints, and a makeup wipe.

    the emergency kit

    27. Or, a 100-piece first aid kit to act as Dr. Miranda Bailey and take care of any scrapes, cuts, and bruises you or your passengers may get. It's no substitute for a hospital, but if your wound or ailment only needs bandages, butterfly closures, gauze pads, ointments, examination gloves, or an instant cold compress — this kit has you covered.

    Model presenting First Aid kit in red, white, and blue plastic box

    28. A reusable, quick-drying waterproof rain poncho that's obviously useful if you have to pull over in the rain but is equally as useful if you forgot your jacket before leaving the house.

    29. A tissue holder to hang on your car visor for unplanned runny noses or that sip of cold brew coffee that always seems to miss your mouth.

    30. A set of six LED road flares for signaling for help without having to use the traditional roadside flares. The lights have nine flash modes including the universal distress code S-O-S.

    31. A two-pack of static clinging car window shades for an instantly tinted window to keep the heat out and your passengers cool on warmer days.

    Black car window shade on rear side door

    32. A Leatherman multi-tool for a 14-in-1 fix-it-all type of tool. This tiny wonder is a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, a wire stripper, scissors, a package opener, bottle and can openers, a file and a ruler all in one. Need we go on?

    33. A Zippo Typhoon match kit complete with a floatable container that holds 15 matches that will still light in extreme weather. So, if you do have to start a fire, you can try these matches before having to rub two sticks together.

    Model's hands holding a lit match and gray and red container

    34. A three-pack of windshield de-icer ideal for places where it gets so cold it leaves ice on the windows. Just spray this on your windshield, mirror, or door handle and the ice will start to dissolve.

    The can

    35. A mask holder that'll also serve as a reminder for you to put your mask on before entering the store.

    36. A set of two Drop Stop car seat gap fillers (as seen on Shark Tank) for the car eater who's always dropping crumbs between the seats. You'll no longer have to search for a month to find the source of that mysterious smell.

    37. A 16-count variety pack of Cliff energy bars because you should always have a snack for added energy throughout the day. I mean, we've all had those days where we forget our wallet, or we have the wallet but the next stop isn't for another 70 miles. They also have a long shelf life, making them great for keeping in your emergency stash kit.

    Eight different colors and flavors of Cliff bars

    38. A jar of cleaning gel for those nooks and crannies in your car that never seem to get clean. The best part is that you can reuse it over and over.

    39. A portable car vacuum cleaner that can plug into your car outlet for super tidy drivers who must leave their car spick and span after each drive. It's also great for your little one who continues to spill Cheerios all over the backseat.

    A car vacuum kit that includes a handheld vacuum, a storage bag, and various attachments, plugs, and filters

    40. An adjustable and extendable cup-holder adapter that'll let you use the cupholder for your water bottle so your water bottle doesn't roll up under the seats every time you stop at a stop sign.

    You pulling up to pick up your bestie fully prepared for an adventure: